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Drew Morris (drew.morris@greatnumbers.com) is the founder and CEO of Great Numbers! The company helps executives find the various dimensions of the upside in their businesses and mold it into a prosperity design—a blueprint for delivering that upside. He has no stake in any of the companies mentioned.

How to Move Up in the Rankings

In publishing this list, Chief Executive aims to show CEOs where they stand with respect to their peers as well as how to go about improving one’s standing. Getting better will require several actions that the company’s CEO, division heads and general managers can take. At the corporate level: Use EVA and the EVA Margin and EVA Momentum ratio statistics, ...

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A Look at the Best Companies for 2014

In seven years of best-wealth-creator profiles, never has a company seemed so well led, in so many areas. Cerner’s annual Total Shareholder Return over the past 15 years (as of 9/5/14) was 25.23 percent, compared with the S&P 500’s 4.6 percent, according to Morningstar. That performance came about because of Cerner’s underlying business and the leadership that spawned it. Cerner ...

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Lessons From the WCI That Can Help Every Business Become More Valuable

An analysis of the past seven years’ Best and Worst Wealth Creators’ profiles reveals five reasons businesses excel: The design of the business. The most powerful reason for a business’ prospering, or failing has to do with how it makes money. Two-time best wealth creator MasterCard is a good example, because of its “tollbooth” for non-cash payments and the network ...

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How Wealth Creation Metrics Can Help Every Business Become More Valuable

Running a business that generates revenue exceeding its combined costs (including capital), called an economic profit, is the essence of every executive’s, manager’s and business owner’s role, regardless of its ownership structure or size. The Economic Margin (EM) metric we use here to reveal an S&P 500 company’s wealth creation ability can also be used to measure that of a ...

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